An autonomous region (AR) is a first-level administrative subdivision of China. Like Chinese provinces, an autonomous region has its own local government, but an autonomous region has more legislative rights. An autonomous region is a minority entity which has a higher population of a particular minority ethnic group.
Located in the northern part of China, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has an area of 1.183 million square kilometers, accounting for 12.3% of the total and ranking third in China. Like a belt extending 2400 km from east to west and 1700 km from north to south, this region borders 8 provinces/autonomous regions in China’s northeast, north and northwest.
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, referred to as Gui, is located in the southern part of China, with Nanning as its capital. Located in the west part in southern China, Guangxi borders the Beibu Gulf and Southeast Asia in the south, Vietnam in the southwest, and Guangdong.
Socated along the “Silk Road”, Ningxia was once an important passageway of transportation and trade between West and East China in the history.Moreover, it also boasts of the ancient Yellow River civilization, as one of the places which the Yellow River flows through.
Located in the southwest of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with an average altitude of 4,000 meters, Tibet covers the major part of the Plateau and is crowned as the “roof of the world”. It has the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, as well as the deepest canyon, Yarlung Zangbo Canyon.
Xinjiang (full name: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region) is the provincial administrative region with the greatest land area in China. The total area of Xinjiang is 1/6 of Chinese land area, and the length of border line accounts for 1/4.